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Gunfire, explosions kill five in Burundi

At least five people were killed in overnight clashes
in Burundi, police said on Sunday, and residents
reported a battle at the president’s office in the
capital Bujumbura which has been plagued by
violence since a disputed presidential election.

Burundi has been in crisis since President Pierre
Nkurunziza announced in April he planned to run
for a third term – a move opponents said violated
the constitution and a peace treaty that ended a 12-
year civil war in 2005, Reuters reported.

Hundreds have been killed in related violence since
April and 217,000 people have fled to surrounding
countries, raising fears of a slide into ethnic
conflict in a region where memories of the 1994
genocide in neighbour Rwanda are still raw.

Nkurunziza said a court ruling allowed his bid and
went on to win a disputed election in July.
Residents in Bujumbura’s Rohero neighbourhood,

close to the president’s office, said they heard
shooting and explosions overnight.

“We heard lot of shootings, explosions and
shelling. And it was a kind of exchange of fire
between soldiers at the presidency and attackers.
Mortars were also fired,” a night watchman near
the president’s office said.

Officials and police could not be reached for
comment and state media television and radio
have not reported any violence at the presidency.

However, Bujumbura Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa
said four people had been killed across the capital,
two policemen wounded and 28 people arrested.

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